Xiao Long Bao: Foodies fume over ’exploding soup dumplings’


Asian food lovers are fuming over a video they say "manhandles" traditional soup dumplings.

The video published by TimeOut London on Facebook, shows diners attempting to burst their Xiao Long Bao (little basket buns), and throw out the soup.

Originating in China, Xiao Long Bao has gained a passionate fan following among foodies.

Many point out the traditional way is to suck out the soup with your mouth and then eat the dumpling.

The steaming hot broth inside is, for many, the most prized part of each Xiao Long Bao.

"Love popping spots and eating dumplings? Combine the two with exploding soup dumplings," TimeOut London says in a promotional post for a dumpling restaurant in London.

"They’re super dribbly and also very satisfying to watch," the video adds, showing several dumplings being broken with chopsticks.

Characterised by its translucent skin, each dumpling is filled with juicy minced pork and broth and eaten with ginger strips and vinegar.

Popular in many Asian countries, its Taiwanese version has earned a Michelin star.

Brian Chow commenting on the Facebook page offered proper instructions on how to eat Xiao Long Bao.

"The soup inside is not supposed to ’explode’ in your bowl but in your mouth," he explained, noting that these special dumplings were "usually more expensive than normal dumplings" because of the extra effort it takes to put the soup inside.

Singaporean food blogger Leslie Tay agrees the video just didn’t strike the right tone.

"Soup is the key component of this dumpling," he told BBC News.

"There are many ways of eating Xiao Long Bao, so there is really no fixed way to enjoy it. But you shouldn’t play with it like that. It is simply not showing respect to the expertise of the chefs who created it."

"Just like Japanese sushi chefs, it takes a lot of skill to create Xiao Long Bao," he said.

Dr Tay also said that it was probably "just a way of trying to grab attention"

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